Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Destroying the Library
—Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail —
In 1940 a collector sent the Library of Congress a book titled, RECTs and EXPENDs [receipts and expenditures] U.S. FOR 1810. It survived the British burning of the library in 1814 because British Rear Admiral Cockburn took it for a souvenir. He inscribed it, “Taken in President's room in the Capitol of Washington 24th August 1814.”
In the summer of 1814 the United States had been at war with Great Britain for two years. Battlefronts had erupted from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. On August 24, following their victory over the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland, British troops marched on Washington with devastating results.
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.243′ N, 77° 0.135′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd Street when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capitol in Flames (here, next to this marker); War Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Gardens Over the Top (approx. 0.2 miles away); Florida House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Frederick Douglass (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Brick Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); United States Capitol Grounds (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Also see . . . A Spiteful Souvenir. Library of Congress Video. (Submitted on February 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 15 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 24, 2016. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 15, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.